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Floral Couches and Gorillas
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This blog serves to inform the community about information relevant to PSU and its various constituents. Pittsburg State University is a comprehensive, four-year university that offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located in Pittsburg, Kan., it was established in 1903 and has more than 7,000 students.
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This blog was written by Chris Kelly, associate vice president for university marketing and communication. You can follow him on Twitter at @Grillaguy1.

There comes a time in every teenager’s life when they get “the talk” from their parents. I am, of course, referring to the employment talk.

In my case, it took place in my parents’ living room on a sunny spring afternoon. I was sitting on the floral patterned couch (it was the early 80s) watching television when my dad peered over the afternoon paper and stated rather matter-of-factly, “There sure are a lot of jobs in the paper today.”   

He never said another word, but in that moment I knew that I was headed into the labor pool.

Like most of you, my high school years were filled with a variety of jobs. I installed swimming pools, bagged groceries and even spent a summer as a custodian at KG&E. (Fun fact, I learned to drive a standard on an old utility truck)

As it turns out, a little encouragement and opportunity was all it took to help me successfully enter the workforce.

A similar situation took place this week on campus when Pittsburg State University hosted its Spring Career Fair.

The rescheduled event attracted more than 80 employers, almost all of whom were looking to fill their ranks with highly-skilled Gorillas. Resumes were handed out, business cards exchanged and optimism filled the room.  (Want to see for yourself? Click here)

It was a nice change from recent years when spirits haven’t been quite so high.

Pittsburg State is committed to helping its students be successful in the classroom, on the playing field and in the workplace.

It’s why we have an entire office dedicated to teaching students the skills they need to land a job after graduation.

I’m continually amazed at what the folks in the Office of Career Services are able to do for our students.

They review resumes, teach business etiquette, schedule interviews, post jobs, hold career fairs … the list just goes on and on.

They may not have a floral patterned couch, but they’re still pretty good at helping students build a career.



 

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